Resource Links

American Music Therapy Association 
The mission of the American Music Therapy Association is to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.

Autism Society
The Autism Society is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization. They work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.​​​​​​​/lvag

Lehigh Valley Autism Guide
Your comprehensive resource guide to help families and professionals come together to create an inclusive community in Lehigh and Northampton county.

United Cerebral Palsy
UCP educates, advocates, and provides support services to ensure a life without limits or people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions.

National Association for Down Syndrome
NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It was founded in Chicago in 1961 by parents who chose to go against medical advice and raised their children with Down syndrome at home. Their pioneering efforts have made it easier for later generations of individual with Down syndrome to be accepted by their families and communities, to develop their capabilities, and to work towards independence.

Alzheimer's Association
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. 

Certification Board for Music Therapists
The CBMT works to advance the discipline of music therapy through a certification process and issues the credential of MT-BC to individuals who demonstrate the required level of competence. CBMT is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. Since 1986 it has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Over 4,000 music therapists have attained the MT-BC credential, and now participate in a program of recertification designed to maintain or increase initial competence in the profession of music therapy.

The Medical Benefits of Art and Music Therapy

Some brief insight to the medical benefits of art and music therapy. - Resource on Bullying and Substance Abuse is a web resource provided and funded by Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). ARS is an integrated behavioral health care management organization dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues. We provide well-researched, fact-based resources on this site.

Guide to Activities for Child Therapy Sessions

Regis College, founded in 1927, is a multifaceted Catholic University in Greater Boston with 2,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the arts, sciences, and health professions devoted to engagement, service, and advancement in the global community. This link offers several helpful resources and guides for activities for child therapy sessions.

MTA Resources

General Brochure

Rack Card

Older Adults Brochure

Physical copies of MTA resources are available upon request.

Funding Links

Hallman-Haines Grant

This grant is for children or adults diagnosed with Autism and/or Spina Bifida.

Autism Radio - Autism Grant

Autism Radio™ is a Non Profit 501(c)(3) Organization that is committed to making a difference in the Autism Community. Their mission is to improve the lives of the individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their friends and families, who struggle to understand, treat, care for, and get the help necessary for their loved ones.

National Autism Association - Helping Hand Grant
The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary medical treatments, lab testing, physician-recommended supplements and therapies for their child with autism.

Mr. Strong Foundation Grant
The Mr. Strong Foundation focuses solely on the needs of 'special needs' children and their families. The Mr. Strong Foundation, Inc. wants to make sure that no special needs child be denied therapy services due to financial constraints and/or lack of insurance coverage.

TACA - Family Scholarship Program
The TACA Family Scholarship Fund was developed to help families who are pursuing treatment for their children with autism, but are struggling to find the funding. We understand how difficult it is to stretch the family budget. It is our desire to provide limited financial assistance to eligible families.

Generation Rescue - Rescue Family Grant Program

Rescue Family Grants provide autism treatment to families in financial need. The grant provides financial support, products and services for auditory listening therapy, dietary intervention training, dietary supplements, two doctor visits, and lab testing. To date, more than 700 individuals have participated in the program and report a better quality of life and improvement in speech, language, behavior, health and wellness, and social interaction.

ACT-TODAY! - Grant Program

ACT Today! grants are designed to provide access to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Autism Speaks - Family Services Grants

Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund selects eligible programs and organizations providing swimming and water safety instruction to individuals with autism to provide scholarships for financially disadvantaged children and adults to attend.

Autism Speaks - Local Grants

The focus of the Autism Speaks Family Services Local Grants is three-fold:

  • to promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism
  • to expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community
  • to increase the field of service providers across the country

Ginny Gives Grant
The objective of the grant program is to enhance the quality of life for those living with Dementia, their caregivers, and the public at-large, by underwriting events and activities in nursing homes, continuing care residential communities, and elsewhere in the Dementia community, primarily in the following general categories: Music, Art, Sensory, and Dance/Movement.

Brian J. Wittig Memorial Enrichment Fund
The Enrichment Fund was established by the Wittig and Quinter families to honor Brian J. Wittig, who passed away on December 29, 2011. Brian had a very special relationship with his niece, Grace, who has Down syndrome. The mission of the Brian J. Wittig memorial Enrichment Fund is to offer financial assistance to individuals with Down syndrome and their families to empower all to live a life of significance with grace and dignity.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Educational Grants are a benefit for Global members. The Grants are a direct result of surveys sent to many local Down syndrome organizations and feedback from DSAIA Leadership Conference workshops. The surveys and feedback underscored the importance of local educational programs towards creating a brighter future for people with Down syndrome. The Grants go directly to Down syndrome organizations to host educational programs for self-advocates, medical professionals, teachers, and parents. The Grants will provide parameters to ensure that such educational programs are successful and sustainable.